June 26, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Today the FBI strongly denied a claim made earlier this week [see, FBI initiates official outreach to Hamas, http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/026724.php] that there has been an, "official decision by FBIHQ to use ISNA as their official point of contact with the American Muslim community.""Today, FBI Executive Assistant Director Tom Harrington is meeting at FBIHQ with Imam Majid of the ADAMS Center in Sterling,VA. Imam Majid is also the Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America - a known Muslim Brotherhood entity and un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial in Dallas in which all defendants were found guilty of leading the Hamas front group. This was the largest terrorism financing trial in the history of the United States.
This meeting today follows yesterday's official decision by FBIHQ to use ISNA as their official point of contact with the American Muslim community. ISNA is one of the largest and most prominent Muslim Brotherhood entities in the US. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 with two objectives (which are their same two objectives today): implement Islamic Law and re-establish the global Islamic Caliphate. Their creed, which is still their creed today, includes "...martyrdom in the way of Allah is our highest inspiration."
Agents and attorneys aware of this decision believe it obligates them to violate US law by forcing them to work with a front group for a designated terrorist group (Hamas). It is worth reminding you all that the Hamas Covenant states Hamas is a Muslim Brotherhood entity, and that Hamas is a designated terrorist organization by the US government.
The controversy is understandable from a national security standpoint, since the establishment of a formal relationship with ISNA would mean that America's premier domestic law enforcement agency was partnering with a known wing of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, in effect providing it with an official seal of approval and much undeserved legitimacy.
Contacted by PipeLineNews.org, John Miller, FBI Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs. TX., speaking for the Bureau, vigorously denied any new relationship, stressing that the "FBI official" named in the story, " oversees the criminal and cyber programs and was in no way related to the meeting."
"1. The information as reported is factually inaccurate and generally misleading.
2. There has been no "official decision by the FBI to use ISNA," or any other organization, "as the official point of contact with the American Muslim community."
3. Imam Magid, who leads the ADAMS center in Herndon, Virginia, is a longstanding liaison contact of the FBI's Washington Field Office, and a respected member of the national capital area religious community. He met with an FBI community relations official as part of that liaison relationship.
4. The FBI official identified in the story oversees the criminal and cyber programs and was in no way related to the meeting.
5. The FBI meets with contacts from many diverse groups as part of our mission to both understand and protect the communities we serve."
Under Eric Holder's problematic short tenure as Attorney General, a great deal of skepticism exists within the counter-terrorism community as to the direction law enforcement has taken in its dealings with American Muslim organizations [see for example, http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=dojhijabid=6.8.09%2Ehtm, Unbelievable - Holder Justice Department Sues To Enforce "Right" To Wear Hijab By Corrections Officers] so initially, word that the FBI was partnering with ISNA fit into an established and believable pattern.
The FBI's recent and admirable rejection of the Council on Islamic Relations [CAIR] as a dialogue partner on the strength of it having been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in U.S. vs. Holy Land Foundation [HLF], the nation's largest successful terror funding prosecution, made news of the alleged deal with ISNA doubly confounding because it too was identified as an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood during the same trial. As a result, it was also named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, seemingly rendering the claimed partnership indefensible from the standpoint of the FBI's already existing ground rules.
We are relieved, for the moment, that the FBI has apparently not extended a hand to ISNA, and we hope that this matter has been settled for the duration of this administration.
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